Sat 19 April, 2014

20:09 Preventative Treatment For Heartbleed On Healthcare.gov» Slashdot
As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, "People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw." Take note, though; the article goes on to immediately point out this does not mean that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised: "Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov petitions page." Also at The Verge

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19:44 Searching Underwater for MH370 is a Shot in the Dark (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
The ongoing search for missing flight MH370 has shown how finding objects such as debris on the ocean is difficult, but finding them underwater in the deep ocean is much more challenging.
19:18 Searching High and Low for Dark Matter (Q+A)» LiveScience.com
Astrophysicists are getting to the depth of dark matter.
19:00 Orphan Black Season 2 Premiere Recap: Fishy Business — Plus: Grade the Episode!» TVLine
If you have yet to watch Saturday’s premiere of Orphan Black, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, read on… Orphan Black‘s clone count is not down by one after all. On Saturday’s Season 2 premiere, Helena — who last we […]
19:00 Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Crow» Neatorama

In the TV series Game of Thrones, a three-eyed crow appeared to one character in a dream. Allis Markham is a taxidermist who runs the blog Prey. She decided to make a three-eyed crow for a friend who is a fan of the show.

I'm not usually one for 'novelty taxidermy' but my friend recently finished grad school and is a very big Game of Thrones fan-- as am I. So, I decided she deserved a three-eyed crow [as featured in the books and television show]. Here are some of the finished shots and here is a link to my entire taxidermy process.

You can see more pictures of the crow in two imgur albums, but be warned that they include photos of taxidermy work on a dead bird. -via Geeks Are Sexy

18:00 Beware The Claw Machine, For It Craves Children!» Neatorama

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Kids and claw machines- what was once a novelty grade emergency has become an epidemic. Across the globe unsuspecting children are being swallowed up by ravenous claw machines no longer satisfied with mere quarters.

Claw machines have developed a rather unusual trait for snaring their young prey- they present the toy which the child desires most of all inside their bellies, then leave their prize hatch unlocked so the curious child can climb in after the shiny new toy.

Once the child is inside the machine begins to slowly digest the child using plush toys as makeshift stomach acid molecules, but since this process can take months most children are saved from the claw machine's evil clutches.

The child in this video was one of the lucky ones, but can your child resist the allure of the claw machine?

-Via Cheezburger

17:55 New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy» Slashdot
First time accepted submitter turkeydance (1266624) writes "The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online. Grams, which launched last week and is patterned after Google, is accessible only through the Tor anonymizing browser (the address for Grams is: grams7enufi7jmdl.onion) but fills a niche for anyone seeking quick access to sites selling drugs, guns, stolen credit card numbers, counterfeit cash and fake IDs — sites that previously only could be found by users who knew the exact URL for the site."

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17:42 Ratings: Hannibal Rises, Shark Tank and Kitchen Nightmares Slip, Hart of Dixie Steady» TVLine
Leading out of Dateline this Friday (seriously, is Grimm ever on?), NBC bubble drama Hannibal flirted with 3 million total viewers while scoring a 0.9 demo rating, rising 30 percent and two tenths week-to-week. Over on The CW, bubble drama […]
17:03 More bodies recovered from S Korea ferry» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Divers find 10 more bodies from sunken South Korean ferry, bringing the death toll to 46, while 266 remain missing.
17:00 Fanesca: Ecuadorian Easter Soup» Neatorama

Fanesca is a traditional soup recipe for Easter in Ecuador. It is only made for Easter because the preparation is time-consuming, with a lot of ingredients, and the recipe makes a large batch. Fanesca contains a variety of fresh grains and beans, squash, salted cod, cheese, and milk. Wikipedia says that the twelve grains and beans represent the twelve apostles, and the cod represents Jesus. The presentation is traditional as well.

And of course, side dishes are very important and this soup must be served with slices of hardboiled eggs, fried ripe plantains, slices of queso fresco, slices of hot peppers or a good Ecuadorian hot sauce, white onions marinated in lime juice, and empanadas de viento or fried empanadas. These last empanadas are sometimes replaced by masitas or just the empanada dough shaped into small balls and fried. Fanesca is usually followed a dish of Ecuadorian mashed potatoes called molo.

The recipe says it serves 25 people, but it appears to feed an entire village. Reading the list of ingredients, the spices alone make me want to try it out! However, I’d never be able to find all the ingredients in my small town. The complete recipe and instructions for Fanesca are at Laylita’s Recipes. Check out her other Easter recipes, too.  -via Metafilter

16:37 Dozens killed in series of blasts in Iraq» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
At least 25 people killed in wave of explosions across Iraq, including strikes on busy commercial districts in Baghdad.
16:27 Weekends with Engadget: Windows Phone 8.1 and Gear 2 reviews, the anonymous internet and more!» Engadget RSS Feed
Welcome to Weekends with Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines from the past seven days -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. For even more action, subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!...
16:00 Cop Posed as Amish Woman for 2 Months to Catch a Pervert» Neatorama

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There's an Amish community in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Police say that recently, an unknown man was driving by Amish children, getting out of his car, and masturbating in front of them. So Sergeant Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police dressed as an Amish woman in the hope of luring in the pervert. Now that their investigation is complete, the police posted this image and information about the investigation on their Facebook page.

They aren't giving many details, but the police say that they identified the person they think is responsible. They lacked sufficient evidence to arrest him, but they think that it's a man who is currently under house arrest for similar charges in a neighboring county.

-via Dave Barry

15:55 3 Former Astronauts: Earth-Asteroid Collisions Are a Real But Preventable Danger» Slashdot
Three former astronauts — Ed Lu, Tom Jones, and Bill Anders — say that reassuring figures about the rarity of asteroid collisions with Earth are perhaps too reassuring. The B612 Foundation, of which Lu is a director, has been established to draw public awareness to the risks of a large asteroid hitting a population center -- which these three men say is a far more serious public danger than has been acknowledged by NASA and other agencies. And beyond awareness, the Foundation's immediate goal is to raise money to " design and build an asteroid-finding space telescope and launch it by 2017," and then, Armageddon-style, to follow that up with technology to divert any asteroids whose path would threaten earth.

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15:00 Sensational Stories From The Bat Cave» Neatorama

In honor of the year-long celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, Fast Company asked some past and present Batman insiders to share remembrances of the Caped Crusader. They received anecdotes from comic book artists such as Neal Adams, Jim Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Walt Simonson, and movie producer Michael Uslan, who said,

“I fell in love with Batman at eight years old, because he was the only superhero with no superpowers and fought the greatest supervillains in the history of comic books. Batman’s greatest superpower is his humanity. The Batman TV show happened when I was in eighth grade. I waited for months for it to premiere. When it did, I was simultaneously thrilled and horrified. The show was in color, and the animated credits and sets were really cool. But it was too much like a cartoon. The entire world was laughing at Batman. At that point, I made a vow. Somehow, I was going to show the world the real Batman--a creature of night, who stalks criminals from the shadows--and figure out how to erase the words Zap! Pow! and Wham! from the collective consciousness. That path would become my life’s journey and career.”

Uslan went on to serve as executive producer of the movies Batman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and upcoming Batman vs. Superman. Read the rest of the stories at CoCreate.

14:55 Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?» Slashdot
Gud (78635) points to this story in the Washington Post about students having trouble with paying for both food and school. "I recall a number of these experiences from my time as grad student. I remember choosing between eating, living in bad neighborhoods, putting gas in the car, etc. Me and my fellow students still refer to ourselves as the 'starving grad students.' Today we laugh about these experiences because we all got good jobs that lifted us out of poverty, but not everyone is that fortunate. I wonder how many students are having hard time concentrating on their studies due to worrying where the next meal comes from. In the article I found the attitude of collage admins to the idea of meal plan point sharing, telling as how little they care about anything else but soak students & parents for fees and pester them later on with requests for donations. Last year I did the college tour for my first child, after reading the article, some of the comments I heard on that tour started making more sense. Like 'During exams you go to the dining hall in the morning, eat and study all day for one swipe' or 'One student is doing study on what happens when you live only on Ramen noodles!' How common is 'food insecurity in college or high school'? What tricks can you share with current students?"

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14:36 Adorable kittens, 9 days old, cry adorably and are available for adoption (video)» Boing Boing
Warning: THIS VIDEO MAY CAUSE YOU TO DIE OF CUTENESS. Happy Caturday. Ah, listen to this 9-day-old kitten's adorable squeals! Boing Boing pal Miles O'Brien was learning how to fly his camera drone with one hand after losing one arm in an accident.

14:17 Zentai: full-body masked spandex subculture from Japan» Boing Boing
Zentai (short for "zenshintaitsu," Japanese for "full body suit") is a largely obscure Japanese subculture whose adherents go out wearing full-body patterned spandex suits that cover their faces.

14:13 Feedback Loop: E3 expectations, first MP3 player and password managers!» Engadget RSS Feed
Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There's so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need...
14:02 Playing Jenga with heavy earth-moving equipment» Boing Boing
In Stack competitions, a bunch of earth-moving equipment plays a monster-scale game of Jenga with 600lb blocks of wood -- pretty amazing skill on the part of the operators!

14:00 Adventure Time's BMO Becomes a Reality» Neatorama

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BMO is a character on the cartoon Adventure Time. S/he/it (BMO's gender is either undetermined, non-existent, or non-binary depending on the fan theory you subscribe to) is an electronic console that serves as a VCR, a computer game platform, a toaster, and more. Most importantly, BMO is a dear friend to Finn and Jake.

Bob H. build a remarkably accurate electronic representation of BMO. It really does look and sound like the real thing. You can see build photos and a technical description here.

-via Nerd Approved

13:42 Profile of Aeropress and Aerobie inventor Alan Adler» Boing Boing
Alan Adler is a Standford engineering professor and inventor who's had two remarkable -- and wildly different -- successes: the long-flying Aerobie disc, and the Aeropress, a revolutionary, brilliant, dead-simple $30 coffee maker that makes pretty much the best cup of coffee you've ever tasted.

13:30 Message to NETmundial: protect fundamental Internet freedoms» Boing Boing
Jeremie from France's La Quadrature du Net sez, "The farcical illusion of 'multistakeholder' discussions around 'Internet governance' must be denounced! For the last 15 years those sterile discussions led nowhere, with no concrete action ever emerging.

13:25 Syrian activists allege new gas attack» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Government forces accused of using chlorine gas in village near Hama, the third alleged gas attack in the past week.
12:54 Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field» Slashdot
New submitter katiewilliam (3621675) writes with a story at Hardware Zone about a new feature that Google's working on for Android phones' built-in cameras: the illusion of shallow depth of field in phone snapshots, which typically err on the side of too much in focus, rather than too little. Excerpting: "The Google Research Blog [note: here's a direct link] revealed that there's quite a fair bit of algorithms running to achieve this effect; to put it in a nutshell, computer vision algorithms create a 3D model of the world based on the shots you have taken, and estimate the depth to every point in the scene."

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12:33 Rufus Cuff wants to dominate the wearable market and your forearm» Engadget RSS Feed
We told you to put on your disappointment pants for the Galaxy Gear 2, but for the Rufus Cuff we suggest rolling up your absurdity sleeves. Seriously, given its three-inch screen you might just have to. This wearable boasts a built-in mic, a camera,...
12:00 Spoofing the Son» Neatorama

You would be forgiven for first thinking this is one of those “30 years later” photo recreations, but no. The phone is a giveaway. Redditor perianderson took his son’s Facebook profile picture and recreated it with his wife. The resemblance is uncanny. He’s already ordered a poster-sized version of this picture to give to his son. Someone did a face swap between the generations, and you really couldn’t tell any difference in the father and son. The resemblance between the mother and the friend is coincidence -or is it? A fine attempt at enjoying one of the great rewards of parenting -embarrassing your kids. If the son is not embarrassed when he sees it, that just means he is as cool as the rest of the family. 

11:52 Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon» Slashdot
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The aficionados of beer and distilled spirits could be in for a major price-shock, if proposals by the Food and Drug Administration come to pass. Currently, breweries are allowed to sell unprocessed brewing by-products to feed farm animals. Farmers prize the nutritious, low-cost feed. But, new rules proposed by the FDA could force brewers to implement costly processing facilities or dump the by-products as waste. As one brewer put it, "Beer prices would go up for everybody to cover the cost of the equipment and installation.""

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11:00 Don't Be Hatin' On My Regeneratin'» Neatorama

They See Me Regeneratin' They Hatin' by AmdyDesign

When those robots see me rollin', regeneratin', they always get all fired up because they hatin'! Bow ties are cool, regenerating is cool, time travelling doctors are cool, haters are not. Don't be hatin' on his sonic screwdrivin' abilities, he's the lord of time doctorin' and a master of space travellin', word to your mummy.

Keep your fashion hater free with this They See Me Regeneratin' They Hatin' t-shirt by AmdyDesign, it's sure to bring some geek love your way!

Visit AmdyDesign's official Website, Facebook and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more neat designs:

Time and Space - ColourGeronimoBigger on the InsideThe Doctor's Tomb

View more designs by AmdyDesign | More Funny T-shirts | New T-Shirts

Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!

11:00 11 Weird Varieties of Scotch Eggs» Neatorama

The Scotch egg is a delicious staple of British pub food. Traditionally, it consists of a hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage crumbs, then deep fried. One source traces it back to Eighteenth Century London (sorry, Scotland) where it was a traveler's snack for sale in Piccadilly.

The humble Scotch egg has inspired a lot of creativity in kitchens around the world. For example, pictured above is Jessie Oleson's sweet version made with Cadbury Creme Eggs. We featured it last year. It's one of 11 unusual takes on Scotch eggs. 

If you want to know all about Scotch eggs, then you should consult Forever Eggsploring. It's David J. Constable's website devoted to finding "the very best Scotch egg in the land." Constable exhaustively researches all things related to Scotch eggs.

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It's through his site that I learned about how Fortnum & Mason, a British food company, produced the largest Scotch egg in the world. Its chefs used an ostrich egg as the core. They wrapped 5.5 kg of sausage meat around it. Then the chefs deep fried and baked the assembly. When it was done, their 6.95 kg Scotch egg won a Guinness World Record.

Tom, the manufacturer of Big Butz BBQ Sauce, created what he calls the Bacon Cone Scotch Egg Sundae. He candied bacon, then baked it a lattice around a cone form. Then he served two large Scotch eggs inside as though they were scoops of ice cream in a cone.

10:58 Google Trends email alerts will guarantee you never miss another cat meme» Engadget RSS Feed
You can always swing by Google Trends if you want to gauge the popularity of a given search, but visiting that website every time can be a hassle. Thankfully, there's now an easier way: Google has added a subscription option that sends email...
10:51 Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions» Slashdot
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Security nightmares sparked by the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability continue. According to Mandiant, now a unit of FireEye, an attacker was able to leverage the Heartbleed vulnerability against the VPN appliance of a customer and hijack multiple active user sessions. The attack bypassed both the organization's multifactor authentication and the VPN client software used to validate that systems connecting to the VPN were owned by the organization and running specific security software. "Specifically, the attacker repeatedly sent malformed heartbeat requests to the HTTPS web server running on the VPN device, which was compiled with a vulnerable version of OpenSSL, to obtain active session tokens for currently authenticated users," Mandiant's Christopher Glyer explained. "With an active session token, the attacker successfully hijacked multiple active user sessions and convinced the VPN concentrator that he/she was legitimately authenticated." After connecting to the VPN, the attacker attempted to move laterally and escalate his/her privileges within the victim organization, Mandiant said."

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10:10 Ukraine offers Easter truce in the east » AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Government promises not to attack pro-Russian separatists over the weekend even as they continue to occupy buildings.
10:00 Orphan Black S02E01: Nature Under Constraint and Vexed [recap w/spoilers]» Boing Boing
It’s good to be back in the Clone Club. The return of Orphan Black quite literally hits the ground running and never lets up in this action-packed, clone-filled premiere.

10:00 The Cats of YouTube» Neatorama

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Artist and filmmaker Richard Swarbrick drew illustrations of the most popular cat videos of the past few years and animated them to make this video. You will recognize them all, because we posted the originals here as they were produced, and because he captured the essence of the originals so well. In other words, this is good. -via Uproxx

10:00 Play: The frantic, fun and infuriating Trials Fusion» Engadget RSS Feed
Some games are so challenging, frustrating and physically draining that your controller could easily explode against the nearest wall at any second. Trials Fusion is one of those games: A repetitive, soul-destroying platformer that'll have you...
09:54 Everest avalanche death toll rises to 13» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Three Sherpas are still missing after the most deadly accident in the mountain's history.
09:40 Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt» Slashdot
jones_supa (887896) writes "In Russia, the State Duma (lower house) on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to write off the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of Sept. 17, 2012. Russia sees this lucrative in advancing the plans to build a gas pipe and railroad through North to South Korea. The rest of the debt, $1.09 billion, would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal installments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by North Korea will be managed by Russia's state development bank, Vnesheconombank. Moscow has been trying to diversify its energy sales to Asia away from Europe, which, in its turn, wants to cut its dependence on oil and gas from the erstwhile Cold War foe. Russia's state-owned top natural producer Gazprom is dreaming shipping 10 billion cubic meters of gas annually through the Koreas. Russia has written off debts to a number of impoverished Soviet-era allies, including Cuba. North Korea's struggling communist economy is just 2 percent of the size of neighboring South's."

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09:33 OnePlus One phone and its swappable covers leak out in new pictures» Engadget RSS Feed
Former Oppo exec Pete Lau announced his plans to make "the perfect smartphone" a few months ago, and now the OnePlus One is almost here. Its launch is scheduled for April 23rd, but Android Authority points out these pictures posted on a forum that...
09:23 Iran says reactor dispute 'virtually solved'» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Vice-president says world powers have accepted proposal to redesign heavy water plant at Arak.
09:19 TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From Awkward, Shameless, Crisis, Mindy and More» TVLine
If you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all? Well if that’s the case, we have something new for you: an all new TVLine Mixtape! What follows is a collection of tunes used recently in […]
09:19 Two killed in Bahrain car blast» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Explosion in a car kills two and wounds a third in a mostly Shia village outside the capital, interior ministry says.
09:00 An Up Dollhouse» Neatorama

For the past few weeks, artist James Hance (a Neatorama favorite) has been working on a dollhouse for his daughter Maddy. When she wakes up on Easter morning tomorrow, she'll find this amazingly detailed recreation of the house from the Pixar movie Up. I hope that James has ballasted it properly so that it doesn't float away.

08:48 Prominent Pakistani journalist shot» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Hamid Mir, a popular TV host, is targeted by gunmen near Karachi airport and suffers three gunshot wounds.
08:39 The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper» Slashdot
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Joel Werner writes in Slate that when Citicorp Center was built in 1977 it was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world but no one figured out until after it was built that although the chief structural engineer, William LeMessurier, had properly accounted for perpendicular winds, the building was particularly vulnerable to quartering winds — in part due to cost-saving changes made to the original plan by the contractor. "According to LeMessurier, in 1978 an undergraduate architecture student contacted him with a bold claim about LeMessurier's building: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind," writes Werner. "LeMessurier realized that a major storm could cause a blackout and render the tuned mass damper inoperable. Without the tuned mass damper, LeMessurier calculated that a storm powerful enough to take out the building hit New York every 16 years." In other words, for every year Citicorp Center was standing, there was about a 1-in-16 chance that it would collapse." (Read on for more.)

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08:03 Improbable Resurrections: 5 Real Cases of Coming Back to Life» LiveScience.com
On Easter Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection, in which, according to the New Testament, Christ rose from the dead after his crucifixion.
08:00 Bagvertising - Creative Shopping Bag Designs» Neatorama

Shopping isn’t supposed to be a boring chore, it’s supposed to be fun and the whole experience should make people feel good about their purchases.

Part of the retail shopping experience is branding, and a clever design or catchy slogan can really make your company stand out from the competition.

An easy way to spread the word about your company among shoppers is with a clever shopping bag design that's both eye catching and memorable, a bag to bring folks into the store which is often referred to as bagvertising.

Check out this collection of 30 Of The Most Creative Shopping Bag Designs Ever

07:46 AllCast's screen-mirroring magic arrives on Amazon's Fire TV App Store» Engadget RSS Feed
Been putting off sideloading AllCast's SDK to your brand new Amazon Fire TV? Well, friend, your procrastination has paid off. Now, all you have to do to install the casting and screen-mirroring app is download it straight from the Amazon App Store....
07:39 SpaceX Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water» Slashdot
mosb1000 (710161) writes "SpaceX is reporting that they've successfully landed the first stage of their CRS3 Falcon 9 rocket over the Atlantic Ocean today. This is potentially a huge milestone for low-cost space flight." In another win for the company, as the L.A. Times reports, SpaceX also has launched a re-supply mission to the ISS.

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07:39 Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms» Slashdot
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Victor Gilinsky and Roger J. Mattson update their story on the NUMEC affair to take into account the recent release of hundreds of classified documents that shed additional light on the story. In the 1960s, the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) was found to be missing about a 100 pounds of bomb-grade uranium. Based on available evidence, Gilinsky and Mattson are convinced that the material ended up in Israel nuclear bombs. The newly release documents add more to the story, and Gilinsky and Mattson are calling on President Obama to declassify the remainder of the file."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

07:15 Attack on S Sudan UN base may be 'war crime'» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Assault on base that killed 58 people and injured 100 others may "constitute a war crime", the United Nations says.
07:07 Animal Sex: How Elephants Do It» LiveScience.com
Despite some human-like characteristics, elephants' mating behaviors are very different from our own.
07:00 Hobby Lobby, IUDs, and the facts» Boing Boing
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide later this year whether a corporation can have religious beliefs. Maggie Koerth-Baker looks at the science of birth control, and how it might inform the debate.

07:00 This Week at Neatorama» Neatorama

Happy Easter and Happy Passover, everyone! I hope the weather is looking as good for you as it does where I live -the sun is shining, the dogwoods are blooming, and the tomato seedlings can stay outside 24 hours a day. If the April showers will hold of just long enough to plow the garden, I’ll be set. Between family gatherings this weekend, I hope you can find some time to catch up on what you may have missed this past week here at Neatorama. I’ve got some links to make it easier for you.

The pilot episode of the new Twaggies video series debuted here last weekend. It’s called Grammar Nazi’s Rock? featuring animated illustrated Tweets. Look for more episodes soon!  

John Farrier told us 15 Facts You Might Not Know about Murder, She Wrote.

He also gave us a look at 11 Stunning Dune Tattoos.

Tiffany explained what she learned about The Kindergarten Tribes.

Eddie Deezen gave us A Few facts You May Not Know About Mickey Rooney.

We had two book excerpts this week. 3 Awesome Experiments Dads Can Do With Their Kids came from the new Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments.

Over on the Neatorama Spotlight blog, Cannabis Under The Microscope was a sampling of the photographs from Ford MaCann’s book of the same name.

5 Legendary Art Trials was from mental_floss magazine.

Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader told us The Origin of the Fork.

John Farrier asked what Miyazaki movie was your favorite in the post If Hayao Miyazaki Films Were Like Other Anime. So far, the poll shows Spirited Away to be the overwhelming favorite.

We have another poll that is also a contest, or actually we need your help to determine the winners of a contest (what power we are giving you!) in the post Help Us Pick A Contest Winner By Letting Us Know What to Write About. Not only are you helping to select a contest winner, but someone is going to have to write that article!

In the What Is It? game, the mystery tool is an ice pick. A serious ice pick. Your funny answers were good, too. One came from tchitchou, who said, “That's an old device used to curve bananas. This version is no longer used because workers were cutting their fingers too often. A round version is now used.” That’s good for a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! Phil and Busterhad a winning answer, too: “This is a device my third grade teacher used to demonstrate the difference between a dull ache and a sharp pain.” Ha! Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who played. See the answers to all of the mystery items of the week at the What is It? blog.

The non-giveaway post with the most comments this week was What The "Average American" Will Look Like In 2050 with 1-Sided Die following.

The most popular post was Gender Swapped Disney Characters. In second place was Incredible Photo: Snake Eats Centipede, Then Centipede Eats Snake and What The "Average American" Will Look Like In 2050 came in third.

The post that got the most ♥s was The Best Beaver Experience of My Life, followed by Artist Unveils Final Design For Edgar Allan Poe Statue. In third place, we had a tie between Bunny Snake Is Ready for Easterand Meet Little Miss Sunshine. The most-emailed post was Librarian Job Posting Has Specific Harry Potter Requirements.

The most popular post this week at Homes and Hues was Camping has Never Looked This Good.

Over at the Neatoramanauts Facebook page, the biggest post of the week was Cooking with Yoda. Make sure to follow Neatorama on Twitter and Pinterest, too!

The list of new independent artists contributing to the designs at the NeatoShop continues to grow. Alex has categories like funny t-shirts, science t-shirts, and sci-fi t-shirts, but there's a lot of combinations and crossovers, so you should look through all of them. I guarantee there's one that's perfect for someone in your circle who is graduating this year!

We've got more great stuff planned for next week here at Neatorama. Have a great weekend!

06:39 For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes "Not everyone can drop a few hundred dollars on a VR headset, but that doesn't mean they can't experience VR! For those with the time and a bit of handiwork skill, this DIY guide from guest writer Ohaple will show you how to make a smartphone-based VR headset for as little as $20. Along the way, you'll learn the hardware and software basics of a VR headset." This project screams for a ready-made commercial version; does anyone know of existing purpose-built headgear? As one of the comments on the linked tutorial says, Poppy seems close, but lacks an LED for tracking.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

06:27 EFF and Sunlight Foundation come together to build Contact-Congress» Engadget RSS Feed
If you've never contacted your congress person then you might not realize how difficult our politicians have made it to get a hold of them. There are 535 members of the House and Senate all whom have some arcane contact form on their websites that...
06:10 French journalists kidnapped in Syria freed » AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Four journalists found on the Turkish border with Syria after being kidnapped last June by al-Qaeda-linked group.
06:00 This Day in Blogging History: Free Conan audiobooks; RIP JG Ballard; EFF vs bullshit patents» Boing Boing
One year ago today Great free reading of Robert E Howard's "Conan and the Queen of the Black Coast": This is the Ur-stuff, the sword-and-sorcery material that turned me into a stone Conan freak when I was 12 years old.

06:00 What to Watch This Weekend: Orphan Black Returns, a Devious Premiere, Salem and More» TVLine
On TV this weekend: Orphan Black has us seeing way more than double, Devious Maids return to Lifetime, witches come to Salem and Lindsay learns her final lessons. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs […]
06:00 Caleb Cole Wears Other People's Clothes» Neatorama

Photographer Caleb Cole is having a bit of an identity crisis, and he’s trying to work through it by becoming other people.

His photographic journey of self discovery knows no bounds, and he’s not afraid to wear a dress or ill-fitting clothes in order to find himself whole once again.

The photos in Caleb's series "Other People's Clothes" are equal parts introspective, absurd and enlightening, somehow showing us more about Caleb than any normal self portrait series ever could.

Here's what Caleb has to say about this fascinating series:

“Though I am the physical subject of these images, they are not traditional self-portraits. They are portraits of people I have never met but with whom I feel familiar, as well as documents of the process wherein I try on the transitional moments of others’ lives in order to better understand my own.”

-Via Beautiful/Decay

05:00 The 5 Most Incredibly Detailed Replicas Ever Made by Fans» Cracked: All Posts
By Niko G  Published: April 19th, 2014  For whatever reason, a popular means of expressing one's enthusiasm for a piece of pop culture is to look at said thing and ask: "What if this was the size of a hamster village and made out of something completely stupid?" Replica and miniature hobby
05:00 The 4 Most Underrated Feelings in the World» Cracked: All Posts
By Felix Clay  Published: April 19th, 2014  How are you today? Feeling good? Happy? If you answered yes, statistically you're a liar. Only 1 in 3 Americans is happy. The other two are reading this while practicing noose knots. It's a dismal scene. I can't account for all the reasons a person i
05:00 5 Reasons Why Donald Trump Is the Biggest Troll Alive» Cracked: All Posts
By Luke McKinney  Published: April 19th, 2014  Donald Trump has wiped his ass with money for so long, he thinks shittiness is synonymous with success. He wasn't born, he was laid into a solid gold eggshell to protect him from ever learning. And he never left. This would be fine if he wasn't such
05:00 4 Random Plots TV Is About to Recycle the Hell Out Of» Cracked: All Posts
By Amanda Mannen  Published: April 19th, 2014  As we've pointed out before, it's not uncommon for different people in the entertainment industry to come up with the exact same crazy specific idea at the exact same time, possibly because they're all on the exact same cocaine/Red Bull combo. That c
05:00 3 Modern Satirists Screwed by People Who Didn't Get the Joke» Cracked: All Posts
By Gladstone  Published: April 19th, 2014  I've spent most of my life loving satire and hating people who don't understand it. It was that love and hate that inspired me to write two prior columns about wrongly attacked satirists. But I'm pulling back on my animosity these days, especially be
04:55 TVLine's Performer of the Week: Jack Gleeson» TVLine
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars THE PERFORMER | Jack Gleeson THE SHOW | Game of Thrones THE EPISODE | “The Lion and the Rose“ THE AIRDATE | April 13, 2014 THE PERFORMANCE | Thrones fans, stop for a minute and try to tally up every […]
04:00 Cats in Shades» Neatorama

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The Shironekoshiro cats, the most laid-back cats in the world, enjoy a little springtime outside with their fashionable sunglasses protecting their eyes. If you have a couple of minutes, you can watch Tyatora, Shiro, and Chibi soaking up the sunlight. If you don’t have that much time, just pretend this is a still photo. -via Tastefully Offensive

03:46 Watch the Astounding Dexterity of Honda’s Dancing Humanoid Robot» WIRED
Even in today's rapidly evolving world of technology, there are few things that make your jaw drop when you see them in real life. Honda’s ASIMO is one of those things.

03:46 7 Ways the Feds Can Make a Comcast-Time Warner Merger Less Terrible» WIRED
If the Comcast-Time Warner deal must go through, the FCC should impose the seven rules I outline below. But first, some background on Comcast’s special place in what is looking increasingly like our new Gilded Age.

03:46 The Minor-League Superhero Who Changed the Face of Fandom» WIRED
One of the most close-knit fandoms in comics has rallied around a character who's only recently found her way to the front lines.

03:25 Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa» Slashdot
1sockchuck (826398) writes "Microsoft will invest $1.1 billion to build a massive new server farm in Iowa, not far from an existing data center in West Des Moines. The 1.2 million square foot campus will be one of the biggest in the history of the data center industry. It further enhances Iowa's status as the data center capital of the Midwest, with Google and Facebook also operating huge server farms in the state."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

02:45 Kickstarting Maker's Alphabet: an ABC book that celebrates creativity» Boing Boing
Melody writes, "We're grad students in the MFA Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. We launched a Kickstarter project called Maker's Alphabet.

02:41 Scattered: Short film adapted from Ken MacLeod story» Boing Boing
Joshua sez, "This atmospheric film is the first ever screen-adaptation of the work of award-winning sci-fi author Ken MacLeod. Scattered examines society's relationship with its past through a son's relationship with his father, and challenges our established ideas of destruction and terrorism through a crime that is as surprising as it is all-consuming.

02:18 Irish school children are building worlds for the Oculus Rift» Engadget RSS Feed
If games, wildlife documentaries and virtual strolls in the park aren't enough to validate virtual reality for you, try this one: educational motivation. School children in Ireland have been using a open source version of Second Life to learn coding,...
02:00 3 Dev Adam: The Bizarre Turkish Film in Which Captain America and a Mexican Wrestler Fight Evil Spider-Man» Neatorama

The monstrous gangster Spider-Man rules the dark streets of Istanbul. Julia, Captain America's girlfriend, goes to help the police end the web slinger's menace. But when Spider-Man's henchmen capture Julia, it is up to Captain America and Santo, the masked Mexican wrestler, to save her and crush Spider-Man's gang.

You got that? Okay, then you're ready to watch T. Fikret Uçak's 1973 cinematic masterpiece 3 Dev Adam. Read all about it at VA Viper. You can watch a selection embedded below. It includes the unintentionally hilarious use of a guinea pig as a torture device at 2:04.

I'm a bit skeptical that this movie was made with the permission of Marvel Comics.

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00:52 Wow! The Most Amazing Images in Science This Week» LiveScience.com
The lunar eclipse, a time to reflect and the crash of a black hole are just the tip of the iceberg for this week's images.
00:22 A Swell New View: Satellites Can Monitor Volcanoes» LiveScience.com
Satellite observations may tie the ground's movement to volcanic eruptions.
00:18 DARPA Developing the Ultimate Auto-Pilot Software» Slashdot
coondoggie (973519) writes "Call it the ultimate auto-pilot — an automated system that can help take care of all phases of aircraft flight-even perhaps helping pilots overcome system failures in-flight. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will in May detail a new program called Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) that would build upon what the agency called the considerable advances that have been made in aircraft automation systems over the past 50 years, as well as the advances made in remotely piloted aircraft automation, to help reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance and improve aircraft safety."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

00:16 Science Suggests 'The Dog' Doesn't Exist (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
Do you ever stay up late wondering if there really is a dog?
00:00 Houdini Honey Badger» Neatorama

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Honey badger will not be contained! Stoffel the honey badger was raised in captivity and cannot fend for himself in the wild. He now lives at the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa. But he’s too dangerous to let roam around the other animals, and he’s a master of escaping any enclosure they design for him. This is a clip from the BBC2 series Natural World.  -via Daily Picks and Flicks

Fri 18 April, 2014

23:51 Beware the Lure of the Bunnies (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
Chickens make lousy house pets (and bunnies take a lot of work) — something to remember at Easter.
23:29 Kindle vs. Books? Children Just Don't See It That Way (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
A furious debate has been raging for some years now between adults. Are you a Kindle lover or a devotee of the good, old-fashioned book?
23:15 Australian Endangered Species: Largetooth Sawfish» LiveScience.com
Sharks and rays are some of the world’s most threatened animals, with a quarter of all species at risk of extinction.
23:02 The Easter Bunny Tale: Fun Fiction or Harmful Myth? (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
All around the world many parents are preparing for Easter – possibly thinking of how Easter eggs will be hidden, how they will explain their delivery and perhaps bracing themselves for some challenging questions about the Easter Bunny.
23:00 UK tax authority caught sneaking in plan to sell Britons' private financial records» Boing Boing
Just weeks after a plan to sell "anonymized" sets of British health-records collapsed in the face of massive public criticism, a new plan has emerged to sell the country's tax records to companies and researchers, prompting an even more critical response.

23:00 Charcoal Cheese Is Made of (Guess What) Charcoal» Neatorama

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It's not just a name referring to the color. The Michael Lee Fine Cheeses Company in West Yorkshire, UK, really makes cheese made with charcoal. The company describes it as a "creamy, mature cheddar blended with charcoal." It won the Best New Idea award at the 2014 Farm Shop & Deli Show.

Amy Birkin, a representative of the company, told the Sleaford Target that it wanted to make a black cheese to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the 1984 miners' strike in Britain.

-via Weird Universe

22:25 Keeping Time: Why 60 Minutes? » LiveScience.com
Dividing the day into hours, minutes and seconds is a recent practice with thousands of years of science and tradition behind it.
22:10 SpaceX Lands Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water» Slashdot
mosb1000 (710161) writes "SpaceX is reporting that they've successfully landed the first stage of their CRS3 Falcon 9 rocket over the Atlantic Ocean today. This is potentially a huge milestone for low-cost space flight." In another win for the company, as the L.A. Times reports, SpaceX also has launched a re-supply mission to the ISS.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

22:00 You Win Or You Die» Neatorama

You Win or You Die by Tom Trager

War may seem like a game, with knights and pawns taking to the battlefield to wage war for the throne, but in this game there are no winners, only survivors. Four noble houses will battle it out for the fate of the kingdom, who will come out on top in this fantasy war?

You will if you're wearing this You Win or You Die t-shirt by Tom Trager, it's a bold way to declare your allegiance both on and off the battlefield.

Visit Tom's official Facebook page, then check out his NeatoShop for more awesome designs:

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Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!

22:00 Bloody Ludlow» Neatorama

Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre in the coal mining region of Colorado. In the fall of 1913, 11,000 miners went on strike, protesting dangerous work conditions and low pay. Evicted from company housing, they set up a tent city for months. The mining company, CF&I, responded by patrolling with an armored car with a mounted machine gun, shooting at the strikers occasionally. There was violence on both sides, with company officials and strikebreakers also fired upon. The National Guard was called in, to the relief of the strikers. But instead of providing protection from violence, the Guard was used to escort scabs into the mines and confiscate striker’s firearms. Matters came to a head on April 20, 1914.

No one knows who fired the first shot. Some soldiers would later testify that the strikers’ bullets were already whizzing at them when an officer set off the three explosive charges that had been prepared as a signal for battle. Others would recall hearing the explosions before any shots. Witnesses on both sides remember a lone figure, Louis Tikas, waving a white handkerchief and running frantically back to the tents, trying to head off disaster.

It was already too late. The militia opened fire on the men in the railroad cut. Linderfelt arrived, and the machine gun was installed on a slight rise overlooking the colony. As the day wore on, shots issued from the tents, and the militia returned fire. Officers would later testify that they’d seen women fleeing earlier and didn’t know there were any noncombatants left in the colony, but it seems hard to believe that the soldiers weren’t aware that the flimsy tents contained scores of the defenseless and unarmed.

As troops tried to close in on the shooters in the railroad cut, Private Alfred Martin was shot in the neck — the first and only militia fatality of the day. A passerby, trying to negotiate the road between the colony and the militia, was killed instantly. Eleven-year-old Frank Snyder, who’d left the protection of a cellar during a lull in the shooting, caught a bullet in the head as he sat in his family’s tent.

That night, the tent city burned, and two women and eleven children were found dead of suffocation in a cellar. In response, the miners went on a ten-day rampage, dynamiting mine facilities and shooting. Six strikers and 24 mine employees were killed during this period before President Wilson sent in federal troops. Somewhere between 69 and 199 people were killed over the course of the strike. Read an account of what happened at Ludlow at Westword.  -via Metafilter

21:00 Pharrell Williams's "Happy" without the Music» Neatorama

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Clap along if that's what you want to do. But it will seem a bit odd, especially to people around you.

Pharrell Williams's smash hit song "Happy" has seen many creative variations and editions, including one with Star Wars characters. This one by House of Halo, though, doesn't change the dance routines or the characters. It just deletes the non-vocal music from the track.

-via Nerdcore

20:34 Beats Music update lets you subscribe from inside the iOS app» Engadget RSS Feed
Odds are that you weren't riveted by Beats Music when it first arrived, but the streaming service has just delivered a pair of big updates that may give you a good excuse to tune in. For the iOS app, the biggest improvement is visible when you're...
20:00 Spooky music made by abusing turntables and cutting up and reforming vinyl records» Boing Boing
Knitmeapony sez, "This is the raddest, most atmospheric thing ever. All kinds of delightful, spooky distortions, creepy static, half-heard voices and mashed-up music, created by physically altering vinyl records and record players and manipulating them as they go.